April 6, 2014
STORRS, Conn. – Junior pitcher Lauren Duggan recorded nine strikeouts in a seven inning effort, but the University of Connecticut softball team dropped their third straight to conference rival Houston Cougars on Sunday, 8-4, at Burrill Family Field. Connecticut ends the weekend with a record of 7-25 (2-6 The American), while Houston improves to 23-10 (9-0 The American).
Duggan threw seven innings, allowing eight runs (all earned) on eight hits, while striking out nine Cougars. Diedre Outon (11-5) picked up the win for Houston, tossing three innings of two-hit ball.
Audrey Grinnell put the Huskies on the board first, blasting a two-run homer to deep right field. The senior 1B now has a team-high five round-trippers in 2014. Houston quickly struck back, scoring four runs in the top of the second, highlighted by a three run home run by Jordan Rains. The Cougars extended their lead to three in the top of the third, making the score 5-2.
Houston continued their offensive surge, adding another run in the top of the fourth inning, and tacked on two more in the top of the fifth inning, increasing their lead to six. UConn battled back in the bottom of the sixth to cut the Cougars lead to four, highlighted by a single by Lauren Tremblay, who drove in her first run of the year. Ashley LaPenta scampered home on a passed ball to push the score to 8-4.
The Huskies were unable to rally in the seventh against the third Houston pitcher of the day, Summer Groholski, and fell for the fifth consecutive game.
Connecticut will travel to Amherst, Mass. to take on the University of Massachusetts on Tuesday April 8. The first pitch is scheduled for 5 p.m.